Juntos Podemos | Together We Can


It is with heavy heart and overwhelming grief that we once again witness the inhumanity that exists when racism, disparities and broken systems continue to afflict our communities.   We are saddened, we are angry, we are overwhelmed with grief. We cannot continue with business as usual, the status quo can no longer be good enough.
As we each search for ways to demonstrate our support for the dignity of human life, for the respect of each beautiful and imperfect person, we have to remind ourselves that we are resilient and that we are hopeful. We want to be hopeful that through our collective voices we can create the real and meaningful changes that are needed so that these injustices can no longer exist. We want to be hopeful that together we can help to heal our broken hearts, and we want to be hopeful that together we will create a better place. Juntos Podemos.


This week we once again witnessed what happens when racist rhetoric is spoken at our highest levels against immigrants and people of color. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims of the Atlanta shootings.

Just as we marched with our African American communities to speak against the injustices and systematic racism against black lives, we also stand with our Asian and Pacific Islander communities to say enough!

On March 16, 2021 a group of diverse local, state and community leaders came together at Asian Resources to stand together in support of each other and to stand up against attacks on our Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

We also met with our local law enforcement to discuss becoming a “Safe Place” where the community can come to report acts and crimes against them.

We will continue to work with our AAPI community to support efforts to change the current rhetoric, the current increase in violent attacks and to support the elimination of narratives that excuse racial injustices.

We each have a responsibility to ensure all our communities are honored and respected. An attack on one of our communities is an attack on us all.



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